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Re: feel like updating us, JohnL?

Posted by JohnL on January 7, 2000, at 12:51:25

In reply to feel like updating us, JohnL?, posted by CarolAnn on January 7, 2000, at 7:49:08

> Hey JohnL, If you don't want to, it's okay. But, last I heard you were considering one of two additions to your treatment. One was a stimulant, can't remember the other. Anyway, I'd love to hear which you chose and how it's going.CarolAnn

Sure. Thanks for asking CarolAnn. People in my house get all uneasy and weird when I talk drugs, so I have to be quiet. It's nice to come here and talk freely. And know that people listening can relate. I like that.

Anyway, currently taking Prozac+Zyprexa, and doing a short trial of Ritalin starting today. We just wanted to briefly explore the stimulant route before ruling it out, since that is an angle I have had no experience at all with. As I expected, I can already hear my tinnitus worsening with Ritalin. It looks doomed already. But I'll give it a week and see.

I only added Zyprexa a week ago, but I think I'm feeling a little better the last few days than I have in some time. I hate to say that, because I always jinx myself. Actually I was in real sorry shape a few weeks ago, so I guess I have made decent progress.

I still like Nortriptyline though, so I'm keeping that in mind still. If this tinnitus keeps up, I'll ditch the Ritalin and go back to Nortrip in a heatbeat. Funny thing though, the ONLY drug I've ever tried that completely silenced my tinnitus and improved my energy/mood simultaneously was Amisulpride (a European antipsychotic). But it's hard to get and certainly not covered by insurance. Zyprexa is similar, and that's why I'm trying it. I get the feeling the stimulant thing will just be a flash in the pan.

Nice to hear from you. I always enjoy your posts. JohnL




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